Passion Fruit Mojito
A Passion Fruit Mojito is a refreshing cocktail that pairs tropical fruit with lime and mint for a deliciously sweet alcoholic drink that is perfect for hot summer nights and entertaining at home.
Mojitos, in our opinion, are the update to any umbrella drink.
You know, the kind you get on vacation full of fruity mixers and lots of alcohol that are just perfect for summer, sand and warm nights?
Well, these one up those old umbrella cocktails any day! They are a light and refreshing alternative that doesn’t have the heavy feeling other tropical libations sometimes have.
Don’t let your tropical fruit cocktail adventure stop there! If tequila is your drink you’ve got to try this frozen mango margarita recipe and if you prefer sipping wine make sure you try our summer moscato sangria. We’ve got something for everyone when it comes to summer cocktails :).
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Ingredients You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need to have ready to make these drinks:
- Lime – You’ll need lime juice and lime wedges for garnish for the drink.
- Frozen passion fruit puree cubes – We use Pitaya for our passion fruit puree cubes because they are super simple to use and have a great flavor. You can find them at Target or online. If you prefer, you could use 3 tablespoons of passion fruit puree instead.
- Fresh mint leaves – You’ll need some to muddle or crush and others for garnish.
- Fresh lime juice
- Simple syrup – There are directions below on how to make this.
- White rum – You can use your favorite brand or check out our choices below.
- Club soda – This adds some nice bubbles to the drink.
It’s easy to change up a mojito with difference flavors. Make sure to try our recipe for blood orange mojitos too! We even have a strawberry mojito strawberry sparkling water for those of you who prefer a virgin cocktail (non-alcoholic).
For the simple syrup, you’ll need:
- Granulated sugar
How to Make Simple Syrup
Before starting the cocktail, you’ll need to make the simple syrup or have some on hand. Here’s what to do.
Step 1 – Simmer water and sugar. Combine the water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan and turn the heat up to medium high to bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow it to cook for 5 minutes and then remove from the heat.
Step 2 – Allow it to cool. Once it is off the heat, allow it to cool completely before using. You can make a large batch and store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to about 3 to 4 weeks, so feel free to make a large batch ahead to save some time.
What is a Simple Syrup?
Simple syrup is just that, a super easy to make combination of water and sugar. You use simple syrups in cocktails and other speciality drinks that need a little (or a lot) of sweetness. You use the syrup to avoid the gritty feeling of sugar in the bottom of your drink.
Making simple syrup involves dissolving granulated sugar with a combination of heat and water.
To make it, you need to bring the sugar and water to simmer and stir on occasion. Allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes and then remove the mixture from the heat. Before using, you will want to let it cool before adding to your cocktail.
For the mojito itself, follow these instructions.
Step 1 – Fill a cocktail glass with ice. You definitely want to serve this fresh over rocks for the most refreshing flavor.
Step 2 – Mix the drink. Place the lime wedges, passion fruit, mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and rum into a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the lime and passion fruit are smashed and have released their juices.
Step 3 – Strain it and decorate it. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the ice-filled glass and then top with the club soda and stir gently. As a final touch, garnish with fresh mint and a lime wedge.
Best Rum for Mojitos
Mojitos work best with a light, refreshing rum. Here are some of our top picks of rums to use when making a mojito:
- Havana Club Anejo Blanco Puerto Rican Rum
- Cruzan light rum
- 10 Cane Rum
- Ron Matusalem Platino
- Bacardi silver rum
How to Muddle Drinks Without a Muddler
If you make cocktails regularly, you really need to get yourself a good muddler. This simple tool helps you easily get the most flavor out of fresh mint and other herbs with little effort.
Of course, if you don’t make drinks often, you may not have one ready to go. One of the easiest ways to muddle mint is to use a wooden spoon and glass. To crush the leaves, use the handle of the spoon to press, crush, and gently grind them to release the flavor.
How to Make a Pitcher
When serving a crowd at a party, you can easily use this recipe. Here’s how to get a pitcher ready ahead of time.
To start, combine 2 cups of passion fruit, 1 cup of mint leaves, 1 cup of lime juice, and 1.5 cups of simple syrup into a large measuring cup or bowl. Muddle the mixture until the passion fruit and mint leaves are smashed and have released their juices.
Pour through a mesh strainer into your pitcher. You can store the drink overnight or let it chill for a few hours in the fridge before serving.
When you’re ready to serve, add 2 cups of rum and 2 cups of club soda and stir the drink until combined.
Add ice to each glass and then garnish with lime wedges and fresh mint leaves before pouring the passion fruit mojito into each glass.
This makes about 8 servings.
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Passion Fruit Mojito
- 4 Lime wedges
- ¼ cup Frozen passion fruit puree cubes, See note 1 below
- 8 Fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon Fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce Simple syrup
- 2 ounces White rum
- 5 ounces Club soda
- Fresh mint, for garnish
- Lime wedge, for garnish
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Granulated sugar
- Make the simple syrup by combining the water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan.
- Turn heat to medium high and bring to a simmer. Let cook for 5 minutes then remove from the heat.
- Let simple syrup cool completely. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
- Put the lime wedges, passion fruit, mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and rum into a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the lime and passion fruit are smashed and have released their juices.
- Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the ice-filled glass. Top with the club soda and stir gently.
- Garnish with fresh mint and a lime wedge.
- Pitaya is the brand of frozen, seeded passion fruit puree that I used. It can be ordered online or found at Target. Alternatively, you can use 3 tablespoons seeded passion fruit puree.